Where are the stars of old American children’s TV shows now


THEY had us glued to our TV screens back then – and now long-lost American teen sitcoms are taking over TikTok.

From laughing at Kenan and Kel and lusting after Harvey Kinkle in Sabrina: The Teenage Witch to secretly wishing we had a twin like in Sister, Sister, we’ve never missed an episode.

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Nate as Harvey Kinkle and Melissa as Sabrina. Photographed in 1996Credit: Getty – Contributor

And now these classics from the 90s and 2000s are finding new fans thanks to Diffusionwhile others can’t help but rewatch for a bit of nostalgia.

This week, Lizzie Maguire star Hilary Duff stunned fans when she posed completely naked on the cover of Women’s Health magazine.

Actress Hilary Duff proudly showed off her toned figure on the cover of the magazine

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Actress Hilary Duff proudly showed off her toned figure on the cover of the magazine

So what happened to the other stars of our favorite teen shows?

From battling cancer to using donated eggs from her twin sister to have a baby, to working as a babysitter to make ends meet, we reveal their varied fates.

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Sabrina: The Teenage Witch

From spells that go awry to love triangles and the sarcastic put-downs of Salem the Cat, he bewitched us until the series ended in 2003.

Star Melissa Joan Hart, now 46, has been candid about her wild times during the Sabrina years, admitting she got high on ecstasy, cheated on her then-boyfriend with movie star Ryan Reynolds and was nearly fired from the show for a nude magazine shoot. .

But she is now a happily married mum of three to Mason, 16, Braydon, 12 and Tucker, eight – all of whom are child actors.

The actress lost nearly three stones after giving birth to Tucker, showing off her amazing bikini transformation for a magazine photoshoot.

She left Los Angeles for a quieter life in Nashville, Texas, and recently starred in American sitcom No Good Nick on Netflix.

Melissa’s on-screen love interest Harvey Kinkle, played by Nate Richert, has given up acting altogether, revealing in 2018 that he works as a caretaker and maintenance man and does “all the random jobs that I could do to pay the bills”.

Nate, who is also a musician, admitted that anxiety and depression prevented him from fully pursuing an acting career.

The sleek 44-year-old was our ultimate TV crush in the 90s, but his appearance has changed a bit – he now wears stubble and glasses.

Sweet Valley High

This series about two beautiful twin sisters who moved to the fictional high school in Sweet Valley, California ran from 1994 to 1997.

Identical twins Brittany and Cynthia Daniel, now 46, shot to fame playing stars Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield.

In 2014, Brittany revealed she was secretly battling cancer after being diagnosed with stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma three years earlier.

The actress underwent chemotherapy and moved in with her twin sister who gave her the strength to fight.

She said, “I really wasn’t afraid to die. But I fought so hard because I couldn’t leave her behind.”

She was given the green light and became a mum thanks to her twin after her cancer treatment left her struggling to get pregnant.

Brittany and her husband Adam Touni, real estate broker, used Cynthia’s eggs and a surrogate to have daughter Hope late last year.

While Brittany continued acting – starring in Dawson’s Creek and the American sitcom Black-ish – Cynthia moved into photography and has her own studio, Five Arrows Photography.

She is married to film and TV actor Cole Kenneth Hauser – the villain of 2 Fast 2 Furious – and they have three children together.

Kenan and Kel

We spent four years clinging to the antics of best friends Kenan and Kel, with the former’s get-rich-quick schemes spoiled by his orange soda-loving buddy.

The show also featured a host of star-studded cameos, including Britney Spears.

Actors Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell were inseparable until the show ended in 2000, with Mitchell saying Thompson wanted a solo career.

Kenan, now 43, has been Saturday Night Live’s longest serving cast member since joining in 2003, and won an Emmy for his work on the hit show.

He is currently starring in a self-titled sitcom, playing a widowed father of two – and fans say he hasn’t aged a bit.

Meanwhile, Kel, also 43, also continued working in TV and was nominated for an Emmy for his role in the animated series Clifford the Big Red Dog.

In 2006 he was the subject of a bizarre death hoax with rumors circulating on MySpace that he was dead.

Kel appeared as a regular on the reboot of sketch comedy show All That on Nickelodeon and most recently was a runner-up on Dancing With The Stars – the US version of Strictly – in 2019.

sister, sister

The sitcom, which ran for six series from 1994 to 1999, centered on twin sisters Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell – played by identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry – who were separated at birth before reuniting as teenagers .

After Sister, Sister ended, the twins attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where they both earned degrees in psychology.

The sisters, now 43, later returned to our screens, often teaming up on TV projects together.

Tia is married to actor Cory Hardrict, whom she met on the set of Hollywood Horror, and they have two young children.

Tamera Mowry-Housley is married to journalist and former professional baseball player Adam Housley, and also has two children.

In 2013, she candidly admitted that she was 29 when she lost her virginity due to her religious beliefs.

Tamera, a panelist on the American talk show Home and Family, was struck by tragedy when her 18-year-old niece, Alaina Housley, was killed in the mass shooting at California’s Borderline Bar and Grill in 2018.

In an Instagram post, she wrote, “Still in disbelief. It’s not just how you were taken… You’re going to make a beautiful angel.”

Lizzie McGuire

The hit TV series ran from 2001 to 2004 and followed Hilary Duff as the title character Lizzie, as she navigated the trials and tribulations of her teenage years.

Now 34, Hilary juggles her three children Luca, nine, Banks, three, and Mae, 14 months, with acting.

She is currently starring in the spin-off comedy How I Met Your Father.

Ashlie Brillault, who played the captain of the school cheerleading team and Lizzie’s nemesis Kate Sanders, made her screen debut in Lizzie McGuire but decided to step away from the theater and studied law at the University of Denver.

Now married with a seven-year-old daughter, the 34-year-old works as a criminal defense lawyer.

But she thrilled fans when she practically reunited with the cast of Lizzie McGuire to read an iconic episode of the original series during the pandemic in 2020.

It’s so raven

This American teen sitcom about a teenager with hidden psychic abilities, played by Raven-Symoné Pearman, ran for four series from 2003 to 2007.

Raven, who made her screen debut at just four years old playing the loveable Olivia on The Cosby Show, has continued acting, starring in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Sister Act. on Broadway.

Drake and Josh

The series, which ran from 2004 to 2007, revolved around two teenage half-brothers, played by Drake Bell and Josh Peck.

Since the series ended, Josh has transformed from a chubby child star to a handsome beach kid after losing around 5th.

Speaking in 2006, he said: ‘I made a conscious effort to lose weight because I knew I could be happier and healthier.

“I started out on a diet and had a personal trainer, but I definitely have a healthier lifestyle now.”

Josh, 35, currently stars in How I Met Your Father and is married to editor Paige O’Brien. They had a son in 2018.

Her former co-star Drake, also 35, was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service for sex texting with a minor last year.
Also a singer-songwriter, Drake seems to be focusing more on his music and appears to have rebranded himself as a Spanish-speaking singer with a new last name.

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In 2013, she briefly retired from acting to study fine arts, but returned to the limelight in 2015 to co-host the American talk show The View.

In 2016, Raven, now 36, announced she was a lesbian on an episode of The View and married social media executive Miranda Pearman-Maday in 2020.

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